One of our comments from WEEK #4 of our SewAlong asked Pati about the difference between English Paper Piecing and Paper Piecing.
“There is always a little confusion with this:
In English Paper Piecing-is a hands on sewing method –no sewing machine required. Working with paper templates that are die cut from card stock in specific shapes and measurements like hexagons, diamonds, triangles etc… fabric is cut little larger than the template all around –(I usually cut a generous ¼”) then hand stitched around the shape thru the paper (or new glue pen method is being used a lot). Then the fabric shapes are whip-stitched together to create you block design like Grandmother’s Flower Garden, Stars etc… The beauty in English Paper Piecing is always the accuracy of the finished design and the hand work which is I love. Watch out – very addicting for some.
Paper Piecing is sometimes confused with Foundation Piecing. In Paper Piecing a design is printed or drawn on paper. Fabric is placed on top of the paper design and stitched thru paper and fabric to create the design (usually using a sewing machine) after the blocks are sewn together the paper is torn off. With Foundation Piecing –usually a light weight fabric is used and similar to Paper Piecing a design it can be printed or drawn on to the fabric or Crazy Quilt method where you just piece as you go but in all cases the base fabric is left in place.
Of course there are many other references for “paper piecing” –freeze paper, parchment paper etc.. This is just my spin on it.”
On Friday, Sarah Maxwell from Homestead Hearth unveiled the third fabulous block from Friends & Companions, our Designer Sew-Along! Do you love it? Get the complete instructions and learn more about Sarah and her business.
Want to join the fun? It’s not too late! Here’s the post with complete details, and links to the previous block posts so you can sew-along with us!
The August edition of MarcusFabrics.com includes the debut collection by Australian designer Karen Styles of Somerset Patchwork. Karen’s VICTORIA PARK is our second recent Australian release (following the Quilted Crow Girls’ coordinating POMEGRANATE LANE and THE SEASONS WOOL COLLECTION), and the latest in a series of Australia-based influences making waves in the quilting industry. So we asked them to help us break down some specific elements of Australian quilting style — and the conversation is featured online. While you’re visiting, be sure to preview allof the great new collections coming soon to your favorite quilt shops!
We’re sewing right along, in the midst of Week #2 –
In case you missed it…Check out the second block of our Sew-Along, by Paula Barnes of Red Crinoline Quilts. You’ll learn a bit about Paula as you follow her step-by-step instructions. The pop of cheddar really brings this block to life! It’s just as nice as the first block by Pam Buda, isn’t it? If you’re the type of quilters who like a preview before joining a sew-along, we think this these first two blocks are enough to entice you to get caught up and sew-along with us now!
Another great reason to join in: you could win one of three giveaways on each designer’s blog, simply by leaving a comment when the new blocks posts each Friday!
If you’re looking for a vibrant, trans-seasonal quilt project, check out Faye Burgos’ MEDALLION MUSEcollection, shown here in the “Lapis & Marigolds”quilt by Homestead Hearth. It’s featured in the latest issue of McCall’s Quilt Quilts (that’s the October/November issue), and it even made the cover! The fabric is available in this cool blue palette shown above, and in an equally vibrant orchid/gold combination.
Well, it looks like we’re off to a very enthusiastic start with our new “Friends & Companions” Designer Sew-Along, judging from our first installment by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts. Her block is gorgeous, isn’t it? Check out her opening blog post and join in the excitement! You can even win prizes from your favorite Marcus designers, or a Grand Prize at the end of the sew-along. For the next nine weeks, we’ll post one block with instructions on each designer’s blog, resulting in the Big Reveal on October 3…stay tuned!
Brandy, our office & merchandising assistant and Christine, our summer intern (shown here) recently visited the Charles James exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Check out their review of the exhibit:
Charles James created sculptural gowns and daytime pieces. The exhibit is broken into 2 sections – the special exhibition galleries (walk through the Greek and Roman galleries) on the Museum’s first floor and The Costume Institute’s Anna Wintour Costume Center (walk through the Egyptian galleries).
Visit the special exhibition galleries first because this is where the couture pieces are. There are videos that break down the construction of the gowns from 3 dimensional to flat patterns. James created this cream & gold dress following a huge Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit here in the US. Can you see the O’Keeffe influence?
The Costume Institute has less formal gowns and daytime pieces. You will also see more of Charles James’ process here. The satin jacket above is Brandy’s favorite – maybe because of its quilted effect? It was made in response to the all the fur jackets being sported at the time.
Fun Fact. Gypsy Rose Lee (inset) wore Charles James. The red dress shown is believed to be one she wore in a magazine editorial.
We were thrilled to see the recent pictures posted on the Patchwork Breeze blog. A group of quilters reported their stop at Schoolhouse Quilts in Canton, OH as “Day 4″ of a special 6-day quilter’s excursion, by coach from Michigan to West Virginia. The post provides some great pictures & commentary about Judie and her beautiful quilt shop, including the beautiful quilts on display.
Who doesn’t love fabric? From Reproduction prints to contemporary designs to a stashful of basics, we know just how special they are to us. And our friends at the Fabric Shop Network have done it again, creating a special event around our collective love for all things FABRIC! This time, they’ve created a three-day celebration called “I LOVE FABRIC DAYS.” From August 14 to 16, 2014, fabric lovers across the country can enter to win $50 shopping sprees at the favorite local quilt shops (check here for yours!) If your favorite shop isn’t involved yet, let them know that there’s still time for them to join in the fun with a special Treasure Hunt and other activities.